Profile overview for ao.
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This user has mostly submitted to the following subverses (showing top 5):

24 submissions to technology

23 submissions to Linux

2 submissions to programming

1 submissions to MetaAnime

1 submissions to aww

This user has so far shared a total of 49 links, started a total of 3 discussions and submitted a total of 309 comments.

Voting habits

Submissions: This user has upvoted 41 and downvoted 12 submissions.

Comments: This user has upvoted 143 and downvoted 62 comments.

Submission ratings

5 highest rated submissions:

A lot are upset with MS as of late here. Who wants to switch to Linux?, submitted: 8/6/2015 7:18:44 PM, 283 points (+302|-19)

LibreOffice 5.0 stands out from the office suite crowd, submitted: 8/5/2015 7:22:52 PM, 163 points (+167|-4)

Unity Game Engine Comes to Linux, submitted: 8/26/2015 10:39:57 PM, 99 points (+101|-2)

Pixar open sourcing internal tool, wants to make it industry standard, submitted: 8/17/2015 10:50:46 PM, 33 points (+34|-1)

Andrew S. Tanenbaum: The Impact of MINIX, submitted: 8/11/2015 7:25:26 PM, 32 points (+32|-0)

5 lowest rated submissions:

Krita 2016 Kickstarter - Support the development of this great digital painting program, submitted: 5/10/2016 6:08:49 PM, -1 points (+4|-5)

The complete story of Paris-8 university going for Krita, Blender, Natron, submitted: 8/27/2015 9:05:44 PM, 2 points (+2|-0)

Tux3 File-System Report: How fast can we fsync?, submitted: 4/30/2015 6:49:11 AM, 2 points (+2|-0)

Musl Libc Support Lands In Mainline GCC, submitted: 5/8/2015 5:19:38 PM, 2 points (+2|-0)

Harvey, an operating system with Plan 9's shadow, submitted: 8/4/2015 10:02:18 AM, 2 points (+2|-0)

Comment ratings

3 highest rated comments:

Windows 10 "Privacy" Feature Is Effectively Outing Young Kids To Their Parents submitted by Mixplate to technology

ao 5 points 95 points (+100|-5) ago

I hope this also helps drive kids away from Windows :)

Seriously, being spied on by your own parents is terrible, and it can be pretty damaging to a child's development too. I know I wouldn't be half the person I am today if I had to worry about my parents finding out about my online adventures. It's definitely worse if your parents are religious or the like.

ETA: Government surveillance is damaging to adults' development.

Linux market share IS NOT rising in response to Microsofts botnet. Check the sources yourself, don't get trolled hard with your own confirmation bias. submitted by Troll to technology

ao 1 points 73 points (+74|-1) ago

I don't think we're able to tell anything in such a short period anyway. Any changes from month to month will be within the error margin. It's only when you look at the change over years that you can start to see trends.

Also, you forgot to take issue with the OP's extrapolation.

For all the people saying they don't care their privacy is at stake using Windows 10... submitted by indieross to technology

ao 0 points 66 points (+66|-0) ago

The people who are speaking best to this are the psychologists, who look at what it is like to live under constant gaze, or under the threat of. What does that do to you as a person? And what we learn is, it makes you different. It makes you more conformist. It makes you less willing to think new thoughts or try new ideas. It stagnates society. It makes us all worse. Society improves because people dare to think the unthinkable and then after 20 or 30 years everyone says, "well you know, that was kind of a good idea." It takes a while, but it has to start with doing something that you don't want anyone else to know.

So, it hurts us big and small. It hurts us in the big because society stagnates, and it hurts us in the small because we are diminished as individuals, because we cannot fully be individuals. We have to be a member of the group. I mean, there's phenomenal writings, philosophical and psychological, that really look at how this works.

-- Bruce Schneier

Commentators often attempt to refute the nothing-to-hide argument by pointing to things people want to hide. But the problem with the nothing-to-hide argument is the underlying assumption that privacy is about hiding bad things. By accepting this assumption, we concede far too much ground and invite an unproductive discussion about information that people would very likely want to hide. As the computer-security specialist Schneier aptly notes, the nothing-to-hide argument stems from a faulty "premise that privacy is about hiding a wrong." Surveillance, for example, can inhibit such lawful activities as free speech, free association, and other First Amendment rights essential for democracy.

The deeper problem with the nothing-to-hide argument is that it myopically views privacy as a form of secrecy. In contrast, understanding privacy as a plurality of related issues demonstrates that the disclosure of bad things is just one among many difficulties caused by government security measures.

-- Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have ‘Nothing to Hide’

Ultimately, you would expect that there would be riots across America. But the people could not riot. The terrorist scares at the beginning of the century had caused a number of important changes. Eventually, there were video security cameras and microphones covering and recording nearly every square inch of public space in America. There were taps on all phone conversations and Internet messages sniffing for terrorist clues. If anyone thought about starting a protest rally or a riot, or discussed any form of civil disobedience with anyone else, he was branded a terrorist and preemptively put in jail. Combine that with robotic security forces, and riots are impossible.

-- Manna, a (not very good) short story by Marshall Brain

Even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you’re being watched and recorded. And the storage capability of these systems increases every year, consistently, by orders of magnitude, to where it’s getting to the point you don’t have to have done anything wrong, you simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody, even by a wrong call, and then they can use this system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you’ve ever made, every friend you’ve ever discussed something with, and attack you on that basis, to sort of derive suspicion from an innocent life and paint anyone in the context of a wrongdoer.

-- Edward Snowden

Lack of privacy seems like a good way to encourage cultural genocide. Total transparency for individuals would make it easier for prevailing thought-leaders to suppress minority groups. Culture could be eliminated before it has a chance to coalesce to the point of daring to enter public acceptance. To think otherwise is to believe that cultural tyranny (thus legal tyranny) wouldn't exist in a world where no one may hide. That's foolish. Tyranny bred in complete openness is possibly more insidious. It's harder to escape.

-- aric

All these people will get a knock on their door from CPS, or audited by the IRS, or blacklisted from getting a job when a background check is done on your REAL opinions, etc etc etc.

This police state garbage is for everybody who isn't taken in by government and corporate propaganda, not just pedos and cyberbullies.

-- Anonymous

Yes it's true-- throughout most of human history privacy didn't exist and people lived their lives in public. Yet it's also true that much of human history was utter stagnation and conformity where nothing much happened.

-- api

Political threat is in the hospital following a stroke? How strange they died of an equipment malfunction.

-- ThePriceIsRight

3 lowest rated comments:

Most up-to-date .bat file to uninstall MS spyware from Win7/8 submitted by Umrtvovacz to technology

ao 11 points -3 points (+8|-11) ago


Help installing Mint. No internet connection, hit and miss on dual boot. submitted by superchunkyyarn to Linux

ao 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago

Ok, so this doesn't solve your problem but... why don't you switch computers with your wife?

Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) Will Be Powered by Linux Kernel 4.2 submitted by Emma_Goldman to technology

ao 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago

Yeah, but I couldn't tell if you were a newbie or not, so I replied just in case you were and your doubt was something else. I see that's not the case. So yeah, Ubuntu builds it's own kernels. I don't think what's in Debian matters at all.